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Azerbaijani forces are using banned cluster bombs on Armenian forces as they the countries battle, western journalists have confirmed.  

The two countries have reported at least 266 deaths since fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh territory broke out on September 27, including 45 civilians.

Yesterday there were reports that cluster bombs – which spread explosive bomblets when detonated – were being used.

Small un-detonated bomblets have been seen littering the streets of Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital following heavy shelling by Azerbaijani forces, according to the Daily Telegraph. 

According to Nagorno-Karabakh officials, about 220 servicemen on their side have died in the clashes since then. The state-run Armenian Unified Infocentre said 21 civilians have been killed in the region and 82 others wounded.

Azerbaijani authorities have not given details about military casualties, but said 25 civilians had been killed and 127 wounded. 

Neither Armenia nor Azerbaijan have signed the International Convention on Cluster Munitions, which has 109 countries’ signatures, including Britain’s, agree to stop using the explosive device, since 2010.

Unexploded rockets line the streets of Stepanakert Nagorno-Karabakh's capital on Monday, following heavy shelling by Azerbaijani forces

Unexploded rockets line the streets of Stepanakert Nagorno-Karabakh's capital on Monday, following heavy shelling by Azerbaijani forces

Unexploded rockets line the streets of Stepanakert Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital on Monday, following heavy shelling by Azerbaijani forces

Buildings including a local school have been damaged, with their windows blown out, in Stepanakert, while western journalists in the city have reported seeing cluster bomblets on the streets of Nagorno-Karabakh's capital

Buildings including a local school have been damaged, with their windows blown out, in Stepanakert, while western journalists in the city have reported seeing cluster bomblets on the streets of Nagorno-Karabakh's capital

Buildings including a local school have been damaged, with their windows blown out, in Stepanakert, while western journalists in the city have reported seeing cluster bomblets on the streets of Nagorno-Karabakh’s capital

More than 100 countries have banned the use of cluster bombs, which were used in the Vietnam War (above),  but modern models have reportedly been seen on the streets of Stepanakert, amid escalating fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia

More than 100 countries have banned the use of cluster bombs, which were used in the Vietnam War (above),  but modern models have reportedly been seen on the streets of Stepanakert, amid escalating fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia

More than 100 countries have banned the use of cluster bombs, which were used in the Vietnam War (above),  but modern models have reportedly been seen on the streets of Stepanakert, amid escalating fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia

Speaking about the munitions, which are produced by Azerbaijani weapon suppliers  Israel and Turkey, Tim Ripley, a writer and defence analyst for Jane’s Defence Weekly, told the Daily Telegraph: ‘We can’t be certain why these were in use or what exactly they were being aimed at, but any kind of cluster munition being used in an urban area opens the possibility of civilians being inadvertently killed or injured.’ 

Separatist forces in Karabakh – an ethnic Armenian enclave that broke away from Azerbaijan in the 1990s – reported firefights along the frontline on Monday with the regional capital Stepanakert under heavy artillery fire.

Azerbaijan’s defence ministry said Armenian forces were shelling three of its towns, after hitting the country’s second-largest city Ganja on Sunday. 

The clashes broke out on September 27, re-igniting a decades-old conflict between the ex-Soviet neighbours over Karabakh and threatening to draw in regional powers like Russia and Turkey.

Neither side has shown any sign of backing down, ignoring international calls for a ceasefire and a return to long-stalled negotiations on the region.

Stepanakert, a city of some 50,000 in the heart of the mountainous region, has been under steady artillery fire since Friday, with residents cramming in to underground shelters and many leaving.

An unexploded BM-30 Smerch rocket by the Mingachevir Hydro Power Station in Azerbaijan on Monday

An unexploded BM-30 Smerch rocket by the Mingachevir Hydro Power Station in Azerbaijan on Monday

An unexploded BM-30 Smerch rocket by the Mingachevir Hydro Power Station in Azerbaijan on Monday

Aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on Sunday

Aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on Sunday

Aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region’s main city of Stepanakert on Sunday

Debris fills the streets of the ethnically-Armenian city of Stepanakert after shelling on Sunday

Debris fills the streets of the ethnically-Armenian city of Stepanakert after shelling on Sunday

Debris fills the streets of the ethnically-Armenian city of Stepanakert after shelling on Sunday

An unexploded BM-30 Smerch rocket by the Mingachevir Hydro Power Station on Monday

An unexploded BM-30 Smerch rocket by the Mingachevir Hydro Power Station on Monday

An unexploded BM-30 Smerch rocket by the Mingachevir Hydro Power Station on Monday

A shelled building burns in the separatist city of Stepanakert on Sunday night

A shelled building burns in the separatist city of Stepanakert on Sunday night

A shelled building burns in the separatist city of Stepanakert on Sunday night

The separatists’ foreign ministry said Monday that shelling of Stepanakert had resumed at 6:30 am (0230 GMT), with four shells hitting the city.

It released video footage of repeated bursts of heavy shelling and of debris from seriously damaged blocks of flats, claiming Azerbaijan had used cluster munitions.

Azerbaijan said Armenian forces were shelling the towns of Beylagan, Barda, and Terter. 

A woman looks through a blown out window after the city of Stepanakert was bombarded on Sunday

A woman looks through a blown out window after the city of Stepanakert was bombarded on Sunday

A woman looks through a blown out window after the city of Stepanakert was bombarded on Sunday

A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020

A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020

A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region’s main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020

A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020

A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020

A view shows aftermath of recent shelling during the ongoing fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the disputed region’s main city of Stepanakert on October 4, 2020

Tanks which Azerbaijani army officials said were seized during the ongoing fighting with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the town of Beylagan on October 5, 2020.

Tanks which Azerbaijani army officials said were seized during the ongoing fighting with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the town of Beylagan on October 5, 2020.

Tanks which Azerbaijani army officials said were seized during the ongoing fighting with Armenia over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the town of Beylagan on October 5, 2020.

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Fire burns in a residential area after shelling by Azerbaijan’s artillery during a military conflict in self-proclaimed Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, Stepanakert, Azerbaijan, today

Buildings are seen in ruin and disrepair after recent shelling in Stepanakert, today

Buildings are seen in ruin and disrepair after recent shelling in Stepanakert, today

Buildings are seen in ruin and disrepair after recent shelling in Stepanakert, today

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 A man walks through the rubble past an overturned and burnt-out car in Stepanakert, today

The International Committee of the Red Cross on Sunday condemned the reports of ‘indiscriminate shelling and other alleged unlawful attacks using explosive weaponry in cities, towns and other populated areas’.  

Armenia and Azerbaijan have resisted international calls for a ceasefire and clashes have intensified in recent days, with both sides claiming victories on the front and saying they are inflicting heavy losses. 

In a fiery address to the nation, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev set conditions for a halt to the fighting that would be near-impossible for Armenia to accept.

He said that Armenian forces ‘must leave our territories, not in words but in deeds’ and provide a timetable for a full withdrawal.

Yerevan must also recognise the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, apologise to the Azerbaijani people and admit that the region is not part of Armenia, Aliyev said. 

An injured woman brought to hospital in Ganja, Azerbaijan, following shelling on the city

An injured woman brought to hospital in Ganja, Azerbaijan, following shelling on the city

An injured woman brought to hospital in Ganja, Azerbaijan, following shelling on the city

People shelter in the basement of the main church of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert

People shelter in the basement of the main church of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region's main city of Stepanakert

People shelter in the basement of the main church of the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region’s main city of Stepanakert

Families take cover from the shelling in a church in Stepanakert on Sunday as the conflict continues

Families take cover from the shelling in a church in Stepanakert on Sunday as the conflict continues

Families take cover from the shelling in a church in Stepanakert on Sunday as the conflict continues

President Ilham Aliyev said: ‘Nagorno-Karabakh is our land. We have to go back there and we are doing it now. 

‘This is the end. We showed them who we are. We are chasing them like dogs.’

Why Armenia and Azerbaijan are fighting

WHAT AND WHERE IS NAGORNO-KARABAKH?

Karabakh is a region within Azerbaijan which has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since a full-scale separatist war ended in 1994, after killing about 30,000 people and displacing an estimated one million.

Nagorno-Karabakh is about 1,700 square miles in size, but Armenian forces also occupy other nearby territory.  

HOW DID THE CONFLICT START?

Long-simmering tensions between Christian Armenians and mostly Muslim Azerbaijanis began boiling over as the Soviet Union frayed in its final years. Once the USSR collapsed in 1991 and the republics became independent nations, war broke out.

A 1994 cease-fire left Armenian and Azerbaijani forces facing each other across a demilitarised zone, where clashes were frequently reported. 

WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE?

International mediation efforts have brought little visible progress. The conflict has been an economic blow to the Caucasus region because it has hampered trade and prompted Turkey to close its border with Armenia.

Fighting periodically breaks out around Nagorno-Karabakh’s borders, often deadly, notably in 2016 and this July. Since new fighting erupted on Sunday, dozens have been killed and wounded in apparent shelling by both sides. Each country blamed the other. 

WHAT´S THE BROADER IMPACT?

In addition to causing local casualties and damage, the conflict in the small, hard-to-reach region is also of concern to major regional players.

Russia is Armenia´s main economic partner and has a military base there, while Turkey has offered support to Azerbaijanis, fellow Muslims and ethnic brethren to Turks. Iran neighbors both Armenia and Azerbaijan and is calling for calm.

Meanwhile, the United States, France and Russia are meant to be guarantors of the long-stalled peace process, under the auspices of the Vienna-based Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

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Sirens were sounding and explosions were heard at regular intervals in Stepanakert, where residents were taking shelter including several families in the basement of the city’s Holy Mother of God Cathedral.

Armenia’s foreign ministry said Stepanakert and other towns had been hit, accusing Azerbaijani forces of ‘the deliberate targeting of the civilian population’.

There were reports of dead and wounded civilians in Stepanakert and the historic town of Shusha.

Azerbaijan said Ganja was under shell fire, including from areas outside of Karabakh in Armenian territory, with at least one civilian killed.

Karabakh’s separatist forces said they had targeted and destroyed an airbase in Ganja, but Baku denied this as a ‘provocation’.

Azerbaijan’s ally Turkey accused Armenia of ‘targeting civilians’ in Ganja and reiterated support for its fellow Turkic and Muslim country as ‘one nation, two states’.

Karabakh leader Arayik Harutyunyan warned that it would now consider ‘military facilities in Azerbaijan’s big cities’ as legitimate targets.

‘I call on the residents of these cities to immediately leave,’ Harutyunyan said in a post on Facebook.

Azerbaijani officials claimed Sunday that Harutyunyan had been seriously wounded while in a bunker hit by bombing, but his office denied this. 

Azerbaijan claims to have taken control of a string of settlements in recent days as well as a strategically important plateau.

Today Aliyev said his forces had retaken the town of Jabrayil, part of an area outside Karabakh seized by the separatists in the 1990s as a buffer zone, hailing it as an important victory. Armenia denied the claim.

Authorities in both countries have reported nearly 250 dead since the fighting began, including almost 40 civilians.

Armenian separatist forces have reported more than 200 dead – including 51 on Saturday – while Azerbaijan has not released any figures on its military casualties.

Azerbaijan said that two civilians had been killed in shelling today on the southern town of Beylagan, with residents seen picking through the rubble of destroyed homes.

‘I was baking bread when I heard explosions, I opened the door and saw that bombs were falling right into the yard,’ said one woman, showing journalists the blown-out windows and partially collapsed roof of her home. 

In Armenia’s majority-Christian capital Yerevan, residents gathered in churches for services Sunday to pray and light candles.

‘I came to ask God for peace, for our country and our soldiers,’ Aytsemik Melikyan told AFP outside the Saint Sarkis Church.

Russia, the United States and France – who co-chair a mediation group that has failed to bring about a political resolution to the conflict – have called for an immediate halt to the fighting. 

A man sweeps a street after a shelling attack in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, today

A man sweeps a street after a shelling attack in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, today

A man sweeps a street after a shelling attack in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh, today

A man shows fragments of the projectile which he found at destroyed houses following a shelling in Terter, Azerbaijan, today

A man shows fragments of the projectile which he found at destroyed houses following a shelling in Terter, Azerbaijan, today

A man shows fragments of the projectile which he found at destroyed houses following a shelling in Terter, Azerbaijan, today

Thick black smoke rises from the aftermath of recent shelling in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert

Thick black smoke rises from the aftermath of recent shelling in the disputed region's main city of Stepanakert

Thick black smoke rises from the aftermath of recent shelling in the disputed region’s main city of Stepanakert

People help an injured man in a bomb shelter during shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert

People help an injured man in a bomb shelter during shelling by Azerbaijan's artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert

People help an injured man in a bomb shelter during shelling by Azerbaijan’s artillery during a military conflict in Stepanakert

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed concern over ‘the increase of casualties’ among civilians in a call with his Armenian counterpart on Sunday.

Armenia has said it is ‘ready to engage’ with mediators but Azerbaijan – which considers Karabakh under Armenian occupation – says Armenian forces must fully withdraw before a ceasefire can be brokered.

Karabakh’s declaration of independence from Azerbaijan during the collapse of the Soviet Union sparked a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives.

Talks to resolve the conflict have made little progress since a 1994 ceasefire agreement. 

Local residents hide in a bomb shelter in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh as fighting escalates

Local residents hide in a bomb shelter in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh as fighting escalates

Local residents hide in a bomb shelter in Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh as fighting escalates

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Princess Beatrice wedding: Unseen photo on Fergie’s thank you note

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Proud mother the Duchess of York has treated royal fans to an exclusive glimpse at her daughter Princess Beatrice’s wedding day. 

An unseen black and white image of the bride and her new husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi features on a thank you note sent by Fergie and has been shared to  Instagram by royal fan Sarah Janes.

The note and exclusive picture she received was sent by the Duchess of York  as a thank you for her well wishes on her daughter’s July wedding day. 

Princess Beatrice, 32, tied the knot with Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor on 17 July 2020 in a small ceremony attended by her immediate family and the Queen, 94,  and Duke of Edinburgh, 99.  

In the picture, the beaming couple are seen holding hands on the grounds of Royal Lodge, with the happy couple sharing smiles as they stroll along. 

A British royal fan has revealed a never-before-seen picture of Princess Beatrice's July wedding to Edo Mapello Mozzi, sent to her by the Duchess of York as a thank you for her well wishes

A British royal fan has revealed a never-before-seen picture of Princess Beatrice's July wedding to Edo Mapello Mozzi, sent to her by the Duchess of York as a thank you for her well wishes

A British royal fan has revealed a never-before-seen picture of Princess Beatrice’s July wedding to Edo Mapello Mozzi, sent to her by the Duchess of York as a thank you for her well wishes 

The photo was accompanied by a heartfelt note where Fergie re-lived the 'glorious' day when Beatrice and Edo got wed

The photo was accompanied by a heartfelt note where Fergie re-lived the 'glorious' day when Beatrice and Edo got wed

The photo was accompanied by a heartfelt note where Fergie re-lived the ‘glorious’ day when Beatrice and Edo got wed 

‘A beautiful reply from the Duchess of York for Beatrice and Edo wedding. Love the photo. Thanks Sarah,’ the fan wrote. 

The note penned by the Duchess of York read: ‘Thank you so much for your amazingly caring and supporting messages for Beatrice and Edo’s future happiness. 

‘It was a glorious day; the sun smiled down on them. We were all delighted to be able to come together and celebrate their love for one another. 

‘Beatrice looked stunning and Edo handsome – their love shone through. 

The royal fan excitedly praised the thank you note sent nby Sarah Ferguson alongside the photo

The royal fan excitedly praised the thank you note sent nby Sarah Ferguson alongside the photo

The royal fan excitedly praised the thank you note sent nby Sarah Ferguson alongside the photo

‘We are so happy to welcome Edo into our family and thank him for his love and devotion to Beatrice.

‘Thank you for many years of kindness and loyalty.’   

The Queen’s granddaughter, 32, was due to marry Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, 36, at St James’s Palace on 29 May but plans were postponed due to Covid-19 – and they instead tied the knot in a surprise secret ceremony at Windsor Castle on 17 July with just twenty guests.

The royal has now spoken out about the wedding for the first time as she appeared in a video for the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and announced the winners of the organisation’s Kids Summer Art Competition 2020. 

Princess Beatrice, 32, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020 at Royal Lodge in Windsor in a socially distanced ceremony attended by her immediate family and the Queen, 94 and Duke of Edinburgh, 99

Princess Beatrice, 32, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020 at Royal Lodge in Windsor in a socially distanced ceremony attended by her immediate family and the Queen, 94 and Duke of Edinburgh, 99

Princess Beatrice, 32, married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on 17 July 2020 at Royal Lodge in Windsor in a socially distanced ceremony attended by her immediate family and the Queen, 94 and Duke of Edinburgh, 99

The video appears to have been filmed at the same time as the royal’s wedding dress was unveiled at Windsor Castle last week.

The Sir Norman Hartnell gown, first worn by the Queen in the 1960s, was loaned to Beatrice by her grandmother for her low-key wedding to Edo.

Her wedding gown will be on display from September 24 until November 22, the Royal Collection Trust announced earlier this month.

Princess Beatrice and Edo enjoyed a slimmed-down wedding at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor on July 17.

The ceremony details were not made public beforehand and the pair were originally due to marry in the Chapel Royal followed by a reception in the gardens of Buckingham Palace – but their wedding was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Beatrice’s father the Duke of York walked her down the aisle but he did not feature in the photographs released by Buckingham Palace. The wedding was also attended by The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Princess Beatrice’s latest comments come as the York family celebrate the news that Beatrice’s younger sister Princess Eugenie is expecting her first baby.

The royal, who married husband Jack Brooksbank in October 2018, are expecting the baby in early 2021.

Sharing the news on Instagram last week, Eugenie, 30, wrote: ‘Jack and I are so excited for early 2021….,’ alongside photos of baby slippers and her and Jack smiling.

Her mother Sarah Ferguson shared her excitement, writing: ‘I am so excited by the news that Eugenie and Jack are expecting their first child.

‘Thrilled for them both and in my 60th year cannot wait to be a grandmother. Welcoming a new baby into the York family is going to be a moment of profound joy.’

On her Storytime with Fergie and Friends channel, she read out – appropriately enough – a tale of magic called Nanna Maureen, by Casey Gillespie.

The baby will be the first grandchild for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, and will be the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh’s ninth great-grandchild.

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Princess Mary of Denmark unveils Christmas stamp collection

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Crown Princess Mary turned heads in a chic pantsuit when she appeared at two separate functions this weekend. 

Denmark’s future queen, 48, unveiled a new postage stamp for the Christmas Seal Foundation to help raise money for children who have been bullied and suffer from mental health issues.

Mary was welcomed by a small group of children, with the annual event downsized to accommodate COVID-19 regulations.

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum pantsuit, paired with a Cartier bracelet, Hugo Boss clutch and a face mask.

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum suit which appeared inspired by the 1970s, paired with a Cartier bracelet and Hugo Boss clutch

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum suit which appeared inspired by the 1970s, paired with a Cartier bracelet and Hugo Boss clutch

The mother-of-four looked radiant in a new slouchy plum suit which appeared inspired by the 1970s, paired with a Cartier bracelet and Hugo Boss clutch

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified.

Living up to her reputation for recycling designer pieces, the Australian icon paired the look with heels from one of her favourite Italian designers, Gianvito Rossi. 

The Princess, who was born in Hobart, Tasmania, beamed as she took off her COVID-19 face mask to address the small crowd and unveil the stamp. 

She explained this year’s stamp was inspired by the 100th anniversary of the  reunification of Denmark and Southern Jutland.

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year as part of Danish yuletide festivities.

Later in the afternoon, Mary arrived in Copenhagen to present an award to companies known for their sustainability and approach to climate and corporate social responsibility.

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year

The Crown Princess is a patron of the Christmas Stamp Foundation, which aims to help about 1,000 children aged between seven and 14 every year

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified

The designer of the suit, which she wore loosely with a thin waist belt, is yet to be identified

The Princess has presented the award for the last seven years. 

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip. 

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets. 

Two of the bracelets are from her collection and have been staple features in her wardrobe, from Dulong Fine Jewelry.

A third bracelet has been identified as Cartier.   

Since her wedding to Prince Frederik, 52, on May 14, 2004 at Copenhagen Cathedral, Mary has mastered diplomacy and regal decorum with unparalleled skill.

A true People’s Princess, she has worked tirelessly to to prove her commitment to charity, becoming a patron of more than 25 international organisations – all while raising her four children and appearing at a constant rotation of diplomatic events.

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

The purple two piece ensemble is yet to be claimed by a designer, and was paired with white and yellow diamonds and multiple bracelets

Together with Frederik, Mary shares Prince Christian, 15, Princess Isabella, 13, and nine-year-old twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine.

Mary’s patronages include the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe and the United Nations Population Fund, where she supports their work to promote maternal health in more than 150 developing nations. 

In 2007, the Princess launched The Mary Foundation, a charity focused on stamping out domestic violence, bullying and loneliness.

Each year The Mary Foundation hands out 2,000 rucksacks for children living in temporary shelters with their mothers across Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

In November 2014, the Princess accepted the prestigious Bambi Charity Award in Berlin, which recognised her work against domestic violence.

A woman of many talents, Mary looks equally at home promoting Denmark on the world stage, visiting hospitals in Ethiopia, playing soccer in the rain with schoolchildren and participating in muddy military exercises.

In March 2019, the Princess was appointed Captain of the Danish Home Guard under the proud gaze of her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe. 

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip.

She arrived at the second event in the same outfit as earlier in the day, slipping into a grey coat while she made the trip

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Ex-Tiger Air attendant who had sex with teen at school spotted reporting to Sydney police station

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Grinning from ear-to-ear at 30,000ft or reclining on a jet engine, Melissa Nosti savoured a life many young women could only dream of.

Travelling the world as a Tiger Air hostess she shared her jet-setting lifestyle in glamourous Instagram snaps from the cabin to a sunkissed beach.

But the now-33-year-old was worlds apart from these carefree days as she trundled into her local Sydney police station as a convicted sex offender.

Nosti crashed to Earth when she was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old boy in 2010 at school she worked at when she was just 23.

Onlookers said Nosti appeared 'rather distraught' when she made her way to the car after the meeting

Onlookers said Nosti appeared 'rather distraught' when she made her way to the car after the meeting

Onlookers said Nosti appeared ‘rather distraught’ when she made her way to the car after the meeting

Nosti appeared visibly upset and was consoled by a man who attended the police station with her

Nosti appeared visibly upset and was consoled by a man who attended the police station with her

Nosti spent about an hour in the police station

Nosti spent about an hour in the police station

Nosti spent about an hour in the police station before leaving with an older man

Melissa Nosti (pictured), from North Ryde in northern Sydney, used to work as an attendance officer at the school the teenage boy attended back in 2010

Melissa Nosti (pictured), from North Ryde in northern Sydney, used to work as an attendance officer at the school the teenage boy attended back in 2010

Melissa Nosti (pictured), from North Ryde in northern Sydney, used to work as an attendance officer at the school the teenage boy attended back in 2010 

Two weeks ago she was sentenced to 18 months’ jail with a six month non-parole period after pleading guilty to her illicit relationship with the teen.

She served eight days in jail before she was let out on parole last week, and reported to police for the first time on Tuesday.

Dressed down in black tracksuit pants and an off-white Nike T-shirt, Nosti, from North Ryde in Sydney, was visibly distressed as she arrived at Eastwood Police Station. 

Nosti paired the a loose-fit off-white crew neck with a denim jacket.

She threw her hair into a loose, low bun at the nape of her neck and appeared distracted by her mobile phone as she made her way into the police station on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old looked comfortable in sneakers and outlandish Homer Simpson socks for the appointment. 

She wore outlandish Homer Simpson socks

She wore outlandish Homer Simpson socks

Nosti dressed down in black tracksuit pants, a loose-fit cream coloured Nike shirt and denim jacket

Nosti dressed down in black tracksuit pants, a loose-fit cream coloured Nike shirt and denim jacket

Nosti dressed down in black tracksuit pants, a loose-fit cream coloured Nike shirt and denim jacket

The 33-year-old spent one week in jail and has since been released on bail after her lawyer lodged an appeal

The 33-year-old spent one week in jail and has since been released on bail after her lawyer lodged an appeal

The 33-year-old spent one week in jail and has since been released on bail after her lawyer lodged an appeal

Nosti covered part of her face as she made  her way from the police station. She was pictured for the first time since she was released from jail for having sex with a 15-year-old boy

Nosti covered part of her face as she made  her way from the police station. She was pictured for the first time since she was released from jail for having sex with a 15-year-old boy

Nosti covered part of her face as she made  her way from the police station. She was pictured for the first time since she was released from jail for having sex with a 15-year-old boy

The casual get-up was a far cry from pictures Nosti has previously shared, showing her dolled up in her uniform as a flight attendant or posing in bikinis on the beach. 

Onlookers said she appeared ‘rather distraught’ when she made her way to the car after the meeting. 

She spent about an hour inside the police station along with an older man who was equally as casually dressed in a black t-shirt and baseball cap.  

Upon leaving, she was visibly consoled by the man, who wrapped his arm around her while Nosti wiped tears from her eyes. 

She appeared at Burwood Local Court via video link from Silverwater Women’s Prison on Wednesday October 21 after her lawyer lodged a bail appeal. 

Nosti (pictured) was a former Tiger Air flight attendant but lost her job due to COVID-19

Nosti (pictured) was a former Tiger Air flight attendant but lost her job due to COVID-19

Nosti (pictured) was a former Tiger Air flight attendant but lost her job due to COVID-19

The 33-year-old looked comfortable in sneakers and outlandish Homer Simpson socks for the appointment

The 33-year-old looked comfortable in sneakers and outlandish Homer Simpson socks for the appointment

The 33-year-old looked comfortable in sneakers and outlandish Homer Simpson socks for the appointment

Her lawyer told the court that Nosti was at ‘low risk’ of reoffending according to a doctor’s report and was successful in gaining employment.  

‘She has had an employment history after this. She was in the airline industry,’ the lawyer said, Daily Telegraph reported.

Magistrate Susan Horan said a victim impact statement from Nosti’s victim was ‘compelling’ before granting her bail.

Nosti must only own one mobile phone as part of her bail conditions, and must hand the password to police when asked.

She is also not able to contact the victim, nor any other person under the age of 16, and must stay at her North Ryde home. 

Nosti covered part of her face as she made her way from the police station. She was pictured for the first time since she was released from jail for having sex with a 15-year-old boy

Nosti covered part of her face as she made her way from the police station. She was pictured for the first time since she was released from jail for having sex with a 15-year-old boy

Nosti covered part of her face as she made her way from the police station. She was pictured for the first time since she was released from jail for having sex with a 15-year-old boy

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

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